Podcast: Pacific Diplomacy

Pacific Diplomacy – In conversation with DFAT’s Daniel Sloper

Welcome to Trans-Tasman Tales, the free podcast by the Australian High Commission in New Zealand.

Today we’re joined by First Assistant Secretary, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Daniel Sloper to talk about diplomacy in the Pacific and the Trans-Tasman relationship.

The full episode is available at: http://www.buzzsprout.com/138726/613357-pacific-diplomacy-in-conversation-with-dfat-s-daniel-sloper.mp3

Gymnastics Australia in the Cook Islands

by Brooke Kneebush, Oceania Development Manager Gymnastics Australia

The Cook Islands is one of three countries to recently establish a new Gymnastics Federation with support from the International governance body. To support this, Gymnastics Australia has assisted the new Cook Islands Gymnastics Federation to apply for Australian Government grants, including a Direct Aid Program (DAP) Grant through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for equipment to conduct activities in local schools, villages and clubs.

Continue reading

A very Pacific solution for a Pacific challenge: the success of RAMSI

This week’s guest blogger is Quinton Devlin, Special Coordinator of the  Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

new-beginning image

Photo by http://www.ramsi.org/

Shortly after the first rays of dawn hit the tarmac of the Honiara international airport on 24 July 2003, Australian and New Zealand police, soldiers and civilians – along with forces from eventually 13 other Pacific Islands nations – began landing in Solomon Islands to help a neighbour ravaged by five years of ethnically-charged conflict. These men and women formed the first elements of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, widely known as RAMSI.

Continue reading